Friday 30 August 2013

Collection Deluxe Lipstick: Speak Easy

I bring exciting news in the form of a lipstick, but, when is lipstick ever NOT exciting I may hear you ask... or not depending on your levels of sanity. Collection (must resist urge to type 2000) have released a new range of 'Deluxe' lipsticks which caused me to violently crouch on the floor of Superdrug to begin swatching the colours. After looking on the Collection website I found that they hold a 70% blend of lip conditioners, antioxidants and hydrating properties and are said to be creamy with a velvety finish. There are 5 shades currently available, all of which are said to be retro inspired, and so I opted for one of the pink shades, Speak Easy.

I hadn't heard a thing about these lipsticks, not a blog post, not an advert, not an email nor a pigeon bearing a letter which I find odd considering I've heard and seen so much about their recently launched Eyeshadow Pencils. I am a big fan of Collection's Lasting Colour Lipstick range as they're incredibly long-lasting and have some really nice shades and are a brand of lipsticks that I always recommend if people ask for affordable, good lipsticks. I had to try out one of their new lipsticks especially as they are currently available at an introductory price of £2.99 as opposed to their usual £3.99 in Superdrug but, strangely, I haven't yet seen them in Boots. I can't find them online at Superdrug but they are available from Boots here.

I really love the packaging of these lipsticks as they look so much more expensive than the usual black and pink plastic casing they opt for. Appearance wise they remind me of Bourjois lipsticks and the only tell-tale sign that they belong to Collection is their dotted logo on the top of the lid casing.

Speak Easy is a natural, mauve toned pink that I find is really forgiving and easy to apply without a mirror. The formula is incredibly creamy, as claimed, but is still long-lasting but not so much as the Lasting Colour lipsticks. My mum commented on how they have the same smell as lipsticks did when she was younger so if you're a fan of that smell this may please you, if like me you're completely unsure on what old lipsticks smell like then you are granted permission to absent-mindedly nod.

I'm impressed with this new range and love how soft the lipstick formula feels. The other 4 shades aren't colours that I'm too fussed about buying but I'm hoping they will release some more colours eventually (cough coral and orange).

Wednesday 28 August 2013

The Liebster Blog Award #3

Lucy from LoopyyLu kindly nominated me for the Liebster Blog Award so thank youuuuuu and also follow her because she has really good posts and handly little tips! You can see my other Liebster Blog Award posts here and here where I answered other questions!

Here are the questions Lucy gave me and my answers to them:

1) Whats your most worn piece of clothing?
Leggings! I have such a lazy sense of style.

2) Heels or flats?
Definitely flats, I love masssssive heels but I would never wear them on a daily basis because I'd feel like I'm trying to draw attention to myself but I do wear them occasionally.

3) Do you have any hobbies other than blogging?
No, what a sad, sad life I lead.

4) Dark, Milk or White chocolate?
I don't actually know, it depends on my mood. Probably milk though. Or maybe white.

5) Who's style do you love?
I'm not sure, I like laid back outfits that are really casual but look nice and put together. There isn't really a celebrity or person's whose style I really admire but I really like how the Olsen twins dress and also the girls in 90210.

6) Celebrity crush?
I was asked this before and I said Harry Styles, Zayn Malik and Channing Tatum but I also want to add Matt Lanter to the list. All so beautiful.

7) Do you have any pets, if so what is it?
Two dogs, Amy is a Dachshund and Leo is a Chihuahua crossed with a Toy Poodle. They are both so beautiful they make me emotional.

8) Who's your favourite band/singer?
Uh I'm just going to say it straight out: One Direction.

9) Whats your most used makeup product?
It's so hard because I wear mascara, lipstick and fill my eyebrows in every day without fail so it's probably a tie! But I've got through two Rimmel eyebrow pencils and am now on my third so most likely that is my most used item specifically.

10) What do you do in your spare time?
Watch YouTube videos, read blog posts, blog and watch TV.

11) Why did you start a blog?
I used to love writing when I was younger but then English in secondary school sucked the whole fun out of it but since I became a huge lover of makeup I thought it'd be fun to talk non-stop about products I've bought and enjoy using.

Thank you to Lucy again for nominating me!

MUA Purchases

I recently bought some items from MUA because you knooooow, why not?! I honestly love MUA products and every time I'm in Superdrug I always go and have a look at the stand. I bought two eyeshadows and one of the new range of blushers (that aren't so new anymore) all of which were £1 each.

You can find the eyeshadows online here for the pearl shades mentioned, here for the matte shade and here for the blusher.

(This photo is bugging me so much, the marks on the plastic cases wouldn't budge!)

The eyeshadow on the left is Shade 2 and the eyeshadow on the right is Shade 1

Firstly are the two eyeshadows, Shade 2 and Shade 1, and don't you just wish I put them in numerical order? Typing Shade 2 first kills me and goes against all natural inclination. Shade 2 has a pearl finish and is a shimmery white colour that I bought to use for an inner corner highlight that I can apply using a small eyeshadow brush or my finger. I haven't got round to trying it out yet but it looks really nice on my hand (new trend alert) so I'm hoping it will brighten my eye area just as nicely!

Shade 1 is also a pearl finish and is a shimmery beigey, gold colour that I think would look nice as an everyday shade but, again, I haven't got round to trying this one out either. With both of these shades I know they will last on my eyelids all day when wearing my Urban Decay Primer Potion (my baby).

Both of these shades are really pigmented as expected due to owning other eyeshadows from the brand. They are of such a high quality for their price and I use the matte finish Shade 19 for my eyebrows and it has lasted me so long I can't even believe it, it only has the tiniest dent in it and I use it near enough everyday so I would really recommend it as a cheaper alternative to all the drugstore offerings of brow kits because you can make you can make it make it appear darker or lighter depending on how much you apply.

Lastly is a corally peach blusher called Lolly which, as I mentioned at the start, is part of the more newly released blusher shades that are named (yay) and have a lid that flips out to the side rather than the old blushers which were numbered and the lids flipped upwards. I bought Lolly as a replacement of one of the older style blushers I have from MUA; Shade 5 was one of my first ever purchases from MUA and has lasted me ever since the brand was launched but I recently hit pan on it (never thought I'd live to see the day where I actually nearly finished something) and, combined with the lid having broken off, led to orangey powder being in all my makeup storage drawers. At first I was disappointed because, upon being swatched, it didn't seem as vibrant as Shade 5 and a lot less orange-based but, once I wore it on my face I actually preferred it and find it a lot more wearable and natural.

I really love how this shade is buildable and so I don't have to worry about spending time blending it out and getting rid of harsh lines. I didn't photograph Shade 5 because it is in a terrible state (I'm such a hoarder I haven't binned it even though it's ruined) but I'm sure you'll be able to see swatches in other people's blog posts!

Again, I think this blusher is of such a high quality and it lasts all day on me and so I really don't see a need for me to spend a lot more on a blusher, especially when MUA have such a wide colour range to choose from.

From left to right is the eyeshadow in Shade 2, the eyeshadow in Shade 1 and the blusher Lolly

I'm really pleased with my purchases from MUA, as I always am, and am excited for when I, eventually, get to try out the eyeshadows.

Monday 26 August 2013

Maybelline Baby Lips in Pink Punch

I am annoyed. I gave in and bought a Maybelline Baby Lips. I ALREADY OWN AN EXCESSIVE AMOUNT OF LIP BALMS. I INFURIATE MYSELF.

Anyway, moving on, I bought mine in the shade (shade doesn't feel right for this but never mind) Pink Punch while I was queuing at Superdrug and noticed they'd filled a shelf display full of all the Baby Lips and, in true Dani style, I thought 'what the heck' and picked it up. Oh the drama.

The Baby Lips are priced at £2.99 which I think is really good because there is a lotttt of product which will last ages. You can buy them here from Boots but also places like Superdrug and supermarkets with a beauty section should stock them too.

I really like the smell of Pink Punch and it sort of reminds me of Hubba Bubba Strawberry Gum (flashback to childhood begging) or just a fruity scent in general. It has a smooth consistency and I like to use it in the morning while I'm doing the rest of my makeup so my lips will be nizzzze and smooth when it comes to putting on my lipstick.

I wish I picked up one of the non-tinted shades because it is way too sheer for my preference and so it was pointless me buying a coloured version as I use lipstick everyday. I think this colour would be good for those wanting a slight hint but nothing too much but I find, on me, I can't really see the colour on myself.

In all honesty it's just a standard lip balm that has received a lot of attention and so I wouldn't necessarily recommend it but, then again, I can't think of any stand out lip balms that I own because my lips don't get that cracked or dry. Perhaps in the Winter I'll be able to tell if it lives up to its claims of moisturising for 8 hours and will be enlightened. I do however think this is a good, basic lip product to own just because it's handy and the fact it has an SPF of 20 is always beneficial.

The Liebster Blog Award #2

I was nominated for The Liebster Blog Award by Alice (thank you!) whose beauty blog I love reading so go and follow her! I was nominated a few weeks ago and did a post on it here where I nominated blogs that I love so I'm not going to retag people but am going to answer the questions Alice gave me!

1) What's the most recent thing you bought?
It was Superdrug's own brand Coconut Oil after I'd seen loads of bloggers talking about how amazing it is! I put it in my hair for about an hour this morning and then washed it out and my hair felt a lot more manageable so I'm happy with it. I also just remembered I bought a coke and chicken nuggets from Burger King after the Coconut Oil so I guess I've just lied to everyone.

2) Who inspires you?
This is such a typical YouTube watching/blogger response but people like Zoe (Zoella), Tanya Burr and Louise (Sprinkle of Glitter) because they seem like such nice people and have made a living out of just being friendly and talking/blogging about makeup and other things they enjoy. Gosh I'm welling up.

3) Coffee or Tea?
Coffee! I used to love tea but now it makes me feel sick but I still have it every now and then.

4) Favourite item of clothing?
Pretty boring but probably my high waisted leggings from River Island just because they can be worn with anythingggg and they're not see-through so I can tuck tops into them.

5) Favourite TV show and why?
90210 or Britain and Ireland's Next Top Model!

6) Silver or Gold?
In terms of jewellery it's gold because I own a crazy amount of gold necklaces (well it's fake gold but you know). In general I'm not too sure because it depends on what the item is and whatnot. Probably gold though.

7) Favourite thing in your make-up bag?
I'm torn between the items I use for my eyebrows and any kind of mascara so I've gone with mascara because it just changes my face so much. I'm currently using Max Factor's Wild Mega Volume mascara which I bought when it was on offer for £4.99 instead of £6.99 but it's turned out to be really good so I'm going to repurchase it when I run out!

8) What's your favourite way to kill time?
Watching YouTube videos, reading blogs, blogging or just generally being on my phone.

9) Where's your favourite place?
Hmm I have no clue, if it was a shop it'd be Boots or Superdrug but for a location I don't actually know haha!

10) Do you have a pet, if so what is it?
Yesssss, two dogs. Amy is a Dachshund and Leo is a Chihuahua mixed with a Toy Poodle.
11) Where do you see your blog in 2 years?
I like to think I'll still be blogging and talking about makeup I've been loving!

Thanks to Alice for these questions I really enjoyed them!

Thursday 22 August 2013

Beauty UK Lipsticks: Pink My Ride and Passion

Beauty UK are one of those brands which people tend to overlook and class as low quality because they are a budget brand, however, they seem to have recently upped their game and have released several new lipsticks and also Posh Pouts which look really nice. I love the majority of the new lipstick colours released and so ended up buying two. They have also released a range of Posh Palettes and, as there was a 3 for 2 offer, I bought the Festival Palette which I'm planning on reviewing in the future.

The lipsticks I chose were shade 16 Pink My Ride and shade 10 Passion both of which retail for an affordable price of £3.49. The packaging is simple and sturdy with the coloured end coming off and storing a sheerer version of the lipstick itself which is all well and good until someone accidentally pulls the end of and gets a load of the product stuck under their nail (that someone being me).

These lipsticks have a really nice minty scent which I think makes them feel incredibly refreshing and soothing however, if you are not a fan of scents, this can be overlooked as, once on the lips or swatched, the power of the scent is basically undetectable.

Pink My Ride is a bright, fuchsia toned pink which is incredibly vibrant and pigmented within one application to the lips. Even though I've only owned it for about two days I would honestly say it's one of my favourite pink shades within my crazily huge collection.

Passion is another pink shade but is a lot deeper in tone than Pink My Ride and so making it a more wearable and everyday shade. It reminds me a lot of Mac's Impassioned, which I talked about here, but is a bit darker but I would say it is a close dupe if you cannot afford the likes of Mac (damn you Mac, please lower your prices, they make me sad).

I love the formula of these lipsticks and think Beauty UK have done an amazing job and made them really good competitors for more expensive brands within Boots and Superdrug. They are really creamy and soft but this does not in turn compromise the longevity and lasting power of the product which I find is often the case with moisturising lipsticks! The lasting power is amazing, even after eating and drinking the pigmentation looks as strong and bright as when first applied which I believe to be such an important factor because there is nothing worse than wearing a bright, statement lipstick to then find the colour has weakened after a short amount of time.

On the left is Pink My Ride and on the right is Passion

I would really recommend these lipsticks and I have also tried two other shades within this range, shade 8 Naughty, an orange toned red, and shade 15 Son of a Peach, a peach based nude and both of these lipsticks shade the same amazing formula and scent as Pink My Ride and Passion showing consistency within the range.

While looking on Beauty UK's website I noticed a range of Baked Blushers which my Superdrug doesn't stock so I'm going to have a look for some reviews and swatches and order one to try for myself because they look so pretty! Do you have any recommendations of products that I should try from Beauty UK?

Friday 16 August 2013

Rimmel Foundation Comparisons: Match Perfection, Wake Me Up and Lasting Finish

I recently realised that I own four Rimmel foundations/BB creams (this wasn't a conscious decision these things just happen okay?!) and thought it would be interesting to compare them against each other and give an overview of each (flashback to comparing and contrasting in GCSE English). I own the Match Perfection, Wake Me Up and Lasting Finish foundation and also the BB Cream, however, I won't be talking about the BB Cream as I just completely did not get on with it and I feel it isn't as easily comparable as the other three are to one another.

I love the classy packaging of these products and the fact they are glass makes them feel a lot more expensive than they actually are. Also I love how they are colour coordinated in that the lids match the colours used on the bottle and so look nice when being stored.

The Match Perfection Foundation is my most recent Rimmel foundation purchase but I really like it and am enjoying using it so far. It feels incredibly lightweight on the skin, unlike the Lasting Finish foundation, and applies evenly to my face without sticking to any drier areas or moving around on oilier areas. I love wearing this for an everyday base as my skin still looks like skin and is left with a nice, fresh look. I wouldn't say it gives 'an illuminated glow' as it so claims but I would not class this as a negative because I like the finish of it. I use my Rimmel Stay Matte Powder to set the foundation on my t-zone but leave the rest of my face unpowdered when using this and find it stays put regardless. It has a very similar fruity scent to the Wake Me Up foundation which I actually like but know that other people may find this off-putting, in which case, the Lasting Finish foundation may be better as it does not have much of a scent. I either use my fingers, Real Techniques Expert Face Brush or Cosmopolitan Blending Sponge to apply this depending on how I feel and the amount of time I have in the morning. This foundation comes in eleven different shades of which I chose shade 100 Ivory which isn't actually the lightest shade for once (shock, horror) and instead it being 010 Light Porcelain. I would really recommend this foundation for people with normal skin types and perhaps dry as well but possibly not for oily skins as I don't think the seemingly moisturising formula would work well.

Next is the Wake Me Up foundation, one which I adored and then hated and now cry about because I want to be able to use it but can't. When I first bought this it was amazing, it gave my face a really nice glow and was the right amount of coverage for my normal skin at the time, however, after about four months of using it my face began getting incredibly oily and so I began changing my foundation and looking for one that would last against my oiliness. After what seemed like forever my skin settled down and is now only occasionally oily and so I have retried this foundation several times but it looks awful on me! It doesn't last on my skin, it makes me look overly shiny and also the shade I have which is 100 Ivory (again) is too dark for me even though it is the lightest out of the six available. I know so many people love this foundation and so I definitely think it is my skin that does not suit it but, saying that, I own and have repurchased the matching concealer several times and really enjoy using it. I do however love the smell and packaging of this foundation and think the orange looks really appealing and summery and matches the claims of giving 'a radiant glow'. This foundation, as I'm sure most people know, has shimmer in it that isn't incredibly noticeable on the skin but could be a problem for some people if they want a matte finish in which case the Lasting Finish foundation would be much better suited.

Lastly is the Lasting Finish foundation which I can't quite make my mind up about if I like it or not. I first bought it as I wanted to try a higher coverage foundation and, upon using this, found it completely masked my skin and gave a clean base to work on. However, after using it more and more I found that it actually felt sticky on my skin which I hate as I don't want to feel like I'm wearing makeup even if you can tell that I am. My hair becomes stuck to my face and also bits of dust (how weird do I sound right now?) stick as well and don't seem to want to be removed which gets very annoying. However, since trying it again, I have found that if I use just the right amount of product then it does not give me the sticky feeling and it looks nice on the skin but, unfortunately, I do not own a laboratory where I can measure out quantities every morning before applying. I do find that this foundation tends to gather in certain places, such as around the bottom of my nose, and also wears off near my mouth and so I can't say it lives up to its claim of lasting 25 hours. I would however use this foundation for when I am going out in the evening or at night and my skin is looking particularly bad and I want to cover it, but, after trying the Match Perfection, I will not be choosing to wear this as a day time foundation any time soon. I also bought this in the shade 100 Ivory (do you see a theme here?) however there are only six shades to choose from in this particular range.

From left to right: Match Perfection, Wake Me Up and Lasting Finish

One thing that confuses me with these foundations is how all of the ones I own I have bought in the shade Ivory yet they all differ slightly even though they are made by the same company. The Wake Me Up shade definitely seems too dark for me even after being blended but the Match Perfection and Lasting Finish shades blend into my skin very well.

I love how both the Match Perfection and Wake Me Up foundations have SPF in them; Match Perfection has factor 18 and Wake Me Up has 15. Although the Lasting Finish does not this can easily be counteracted with a daily face moisturiser with SPF but is worth considering if you want a multi-functioning product.

The Wake Me Up foundation I feel everyone, apart from those with oily skin, should try at least once because it is quite a different foundation to others available in the 'drugstore' and does give a fresh glow and so also making it a good choice for younger girls wanting to wear an everyday foundation.

The Lasting Finish foundation would be perfect I feel for someone who is seeking a buildable, higher coverage foundation and doesn't mind the feeling of having foundation on their skin or those who do not feel it but probably would not be recommend for those with dry skin as I can imagine this foundation to cling to dry patches and emphasise them.

My definite favourite out of these three foundations is the Match Perfection due to its lightweight feel, easy application and quick blending time and I feel would be suitable for all skin types other than oily.

Do you have a favourite out of these three foundations or do you prefer the BB Cream or Stay Matte Foundation offered by Rimmel?

Monday 12 August 2013

Review: George at Asda Under Eye Concealer

This is going to be a review of the Under Eye Concealer by George at Asda and is a product I have recently repurchased after having finished it. It retails at £4.50 here and also in Asdas with a makeup section. It comes in three shades, Light, Medium and Dark and so certain people may not be able to find a shade that will suit them.

The concealer has a click-pen type mechanism (this sounds so dramatic I'm laughing right now) and is one of those products that takes roughly fifty years to get it working after first buying it. The actual applicator is a synthetic brush which makes it easy to use and apply but will probably need cleaning after every use if you're concerned with it going into the lid which personally doesn't bother me haha.

I buy this concealer in the shade 01 Light which is a pink toned creamy shade which is actually too light for me but is perfect because I like to use it to get a natural brightened effect under my eyes; I either use it before I put my foundation on or after I put my foundation on and focus it on the inner part of my eye. I do have to be careful to make sure I blend my foundation into this concealer however because otherwise it can look really obvious that I've used a concealer that is too light for my skin. I also use this on my brow bone and feel like it finishes off my eyebrows after having filled them in. I have used this in the past as a highlighter on my cheekbones and cupid's bow and blended it in which makes my face look a lot more alive and less flat after applying foundation. I do actually want to buy this in the shade 02 Medium however to use for actual concealing as well.

In the above picture I didn't blend the product in fully so you can see how light it is in comparison to my skin however it will blend out further until it is basically non-detectable. The formula is really creamy and, as I said, blendable, however, if you don't blend it more or less straight away it can be quite difficult to do so and I would say it dries to quite a matte finish rather than having a dewy look.

I really like this concealer and would recommend you to test it out the next time you're in Asda because it's a really effective product for a very low price. I haven't tried much else from the George at Asda makeup range apart from their eyebrow pencil which I loved for many months, some nail varnishes which have the nicest colour ranges and a lipstick which I wasn't very impressed with, however, I am willing to try out more from the range if anyone has any suggestions!

Friday 9 August 2013

One Direction Lipsticks: I Want and Rock Me

When I heard One Direction were releasing a makeup range I very nearly fell to the floor in sheer delight: makeup and One Direction, my favourite things in life. I make no secret of the fact that I love One Direction's music and faces, so much so I have seen them in concert twice, so how could I NOT buy from their new range with MUA?! I must admit, I did feel a bit like a loser in my work uniform standing at the MUA section in Superdrug, alone, but that didn't stop me from picking up two lipstick shades and heading to the till with pride. The shades I chose were Liam's 'I Want' and Louis' 'Rock Me' and left behind Niall and my two boys Harry and Zayn.

Firstly, I love the detail that has gone into the lipstick design; on the top the 1D logo is imprinted which I think is so cute but this has sadly disappeared after a few uses while, on the rest of the lipstick, there are X's and O's (which I can only assume they mean hugs and kisses and not a game of noughts and crosses hawhaw). I also enjoy the fact each lipstick is signed with the corresponding member's name, it just feels so designer haha.

On the left is Rock Me, Louis' shade, a lovely lilacy pink colour that I have been loving as I don't own a lipstick in this colour and was actually on the look out for quite a lilacy colour up until recently. On the lips it feels really creamy and smooth and I find it to be very well pigmented.

On the right is Liam's shade, 'I Want', which is an orangey red shade which, unfortunately, seems to have a golden sheen to it which I don't find flattering on myself. It isn't incredibly obvious but I find it so annoying as I love the colour itself but it's just my damn thin lips that don't look nice in those sort of finishes! It applies in the same way as Rock Me and is extremely pigmented.

I'm impressed with these lipsticks and am glad I bought them as the colours are a really nice addition to my lipstick collection and they don't seem to dry my lips out which is always a bonus. I love the vibrancy of the colours and think that for £3 you can't go wrong with trying a shade or two (or three, or four, or five)!

On the left is I Want and on the right is Rock Me

I definitely want to try the coral cheek tint they have available and also try out one of the lipbalms for days where I don't feel like wearing lipstick (those days don't even exist). I'm not too fussed about the nail varnishes as I already own so many but will no doubt end up buying some anyway.

Thursday 8 August 2013

The Liebster Blog Award

I got nominated by Becca Hearts (yaaaaay thank you and check out her blog!) for the Liebster Award which is basically given to people with blogs that have less than 200 followers to help them get more well-known and also so people can get to know others a bit better.

The rules are that:
1. You link back to the person who nominated you
2. You answer the 11 Liebster questions given to you by the person who nominated you
3. You pick 11 bloggers with under 200 followers to nominate
4. You ask 11 questions for your nominees to answer
5. You go to each nominated person's blog and let them know you've done the post

These were the questions given to me by Becca Hearts:

1) Which is the best place you've ever visited?
My mind has gone blank and I can't pinpoint anywhere specific but when I was younger I went to Scotland with loads of family friends and I had so much fun with the people my age because we were literally in the middle of nowhere. Also I loved Tuscany in Italy because it was so pretty and the food was gurrrrrd.

2. Who is your celebrity crush?
Oh my word so many beautiful men out there how can I decide?! Probably Harry Styles and Zayn Malik (am I allowed to say more than one? I'm uncontrollable) and also Channing Tatum because he has the ultimate male figure.

Back when I met my main boy Hazza S

3. Who was your favourite band as a kid?
I loved Steps and pretty much cried when they broke up but I also liked Liberty X, Hearsay and Maroon 5.

4. If you could have dinner with anyone in the world, who would it be?
Katy Perry because she's so funny.

5. What is your make up bag essential item?
Mascara of any kind!

6. Which beauty skill do you wish you could be better at?
Applying and blending eyeshadow! I don't know whether I'm rubbish at it or if I have such minimal eyelid space it just makes it ten times harder than it actually is.

7. Would you rather have a shopping spree or a holiday?
Shopping spree because you get to keep everything!

8. What is your favourite animal?
Dogs, particularly small breeds.

My lovely little babies Amy (top) and Leo

9. What is your party trick?
I literally don't have one and even if I did I would get too nervous and think it was terrible so would stop halfway through.

10. What's your favourite TV show?
90210 or Britain and Ireland's Next Top Model.

11. What is your ultimate guilty pleasure?
I always say One Direction even though I don't exactly keep my love for them hidden.

Thank you Becca Hearts for the nomination! My 11 questions are:
1. Where is your favourite place to eat?
2. Would you rather be a singer or an actor/actress?
3. What do you wear more often, eyeshadow or lipstick?
4. What is your favourite clothing shop?
5. Would you rather have hands for feet or feet for hands?
6. If you could look like any celebrity who would you choose?
7. Do you prefer spending a lot on one expensive item or spending the equal amount on a range of cheaper items?
8. What is your favourite name for a boy and a girl?
9. Do you prefer tea or coffee?
10. Would you rather visit America or Australia?
11. Would you prefer being the tallest person in the world or the shortest?

The blogs I nominate are:

The Movie Diorama (I'll allow you to not answer number 3 hawhaw)


Wednesday 7 August 2013

Poundland Beauty Buys: Dainty Doll

Behold, I found more beauty bargains in the paradise that is Poundland. This time I found multiple eyeshadows and an eyeshadow base from the Dainty Doll range by Nicola Roberts which was launched in 2007 specifically aimed at people with very fair skin tones. I had a look online and these eyeshadows seem to retail at £11.25 which is crazily expensive for an eyeshadow! I risked my law-abiding life by opening the packaging to have a look at the colours because all that I could see were the shades names and Poundland's ever descriptive names such as 'Yellow', 'Brown' and 'Bright Purple'. I was really impressed by how the colours looked and as soon as I bought them I swatched them (how anti-climatic).

I really like the packaging of these eyeshadows and the little ginger diva gally on the front. I can only assume that all of the eyeshadows are supposed to have a mirror on the lid of them, however, two of mine are missing them and you can see where the glue was (classy) but I have no idea where the mirror actually went considering the packaging was sealed.

Firstly is the eyeshadow base in 001 Frankie Girl; the formula of this is quite odd in that it first feels like a powder, then a creme, then like powder again when putting it onto your eyelid if that makes any sense. I like this product as it transfers as a pure white and so really intensifies the colour of any eyeshadow. I haven't actually worn this as a base for a whole day as I've only tried it out while at home so I'm not sure how it'll last as the only product that seems to work for me is the Urban Decay Primer Potion.

Next is 005 Purple Hills which is quite a light, shimmery purple colour. I've never really chosen to buy purples however I know they are supposed to suit brown/hazel eyes so thought it would be a good opportunity to try one out. I have tried running this under my bottom eyelashes with black, flicked liquid eyeliner on top and think it is a good way to add some colour to your look without being too full-on for the daytime.

003 Teach Me Tiger is my favourite shade out of the four eyeshadows as it is such a pretty and unusual eyeshadow colour. When on it is actually a burnt orangey gold colour instead of the pinky peach colour which it appears to be in the case and so I find that this is really wearable as an all-over lid colour with some black eyeliner added.

002 Treat Her Like A Lady is a light brown, shimmery taupe shade that a lot of neutral lovers would probably go wild for as it is a good staple colour to have in your collection and is versatile in its use. I don't think I suit these sorts of browns and so haven't found much use for it personally but I'm hoping I will use it in the future.

Finally is 006 Kingston Town which looks like a horrifying neon yellow that would only suit those blessed with a glorious face and skintone, however, when swatched it is actually more of a golden tone with a yellow undertone making it much more wearable. I think this would look really nice used as an inner corner highlight with the right eye makeup.

From left to right: 001 Frankie Girl, 005 Purple Hills, 003 Teach Me Tiger, 002 Treat Her Like A Lady, 006 Kingston Town

I am really impressed with the pigmentation of these eyeshadows and how surprisingly wearable they are despite how overly bright and vibrant they can appear. I am really happy I bought these and love the names of the shades! If anyone has any simple eye makeup looks they can suggest using one of these colours with another eyeshadow and eyeliner combination please let me know because I lack any form of creativity when it comes to eyeshadow.

Sunday 4 August 2013

New Look Sale Purchases

I picked up 3 necklaces in New Look's recent sale all of which I had wanted to buy previously but never got round to buying. I took the packaging off of the necklaces which had the price on it and so now I can't remember what the original prices were but know that two of them were reduced to £4 and one was reduced to £3 and I'm pretty certain that the prices were originally £7.99 and £6.99. I love all of these necklaces and find them so easy to put with outfits and so have been wearing them a lot.

My friends thought this necklace looked cheap and tacky (HOW DARE THEY HAVE A DIFFERING OPINION) but I honestly love it and think it's such a good statement necklace! I love the gold and white together and I don't own anything else like it. The only problem I have is that it sits really high up around my neck which I don't like the look of and so I need to find the chain extender which I stole from my mum but then lost a few weeks later (damn it).

I didn't intentionally choose monochrome themed necklaces but, for a while now, I have been constantly buying gold coloured necklaces and haven't bought any coloured or silver ones for what seems like forever. I also bought a cream lace leotard from the sale and, after some persuasion from my friends (I would have just bought it regardless), I asked if it would be able to be reduced further because it had a red pen stain on it and so got it for £3 instead of £5. I wish I bought some earrings from the sale as I've gotten so bored with the earrings I have recently and really need to get some more (I don't really) but, alas, I did not.